Parents in trouble for letting kids walk alone

(WUSA-TV) Maryland parents accused of child neglect for letting their kids roam around their neighborhood had to retrieve them from the county’s Children’s Protective Services after police removed the youngsters from a park. Montgomery County police and county Children’s Protective Services are jointly investigating the Meitivs of Silver Spring for allowing their children to walk repeatedly around the neighborhood alone. The parents say they know where their children are but are allowing them independence. Officers picked up the children about two blocks from home, Rafi said, telling them they would drop them off at home. Instead, the two sat in a patrol car for 2½ hours then were taken about 10 miles away to Children’s Protective Services offices in Rockville, Md. The Meitivs said they had taken the children to the park at around 4 p.m. and told them to be home by 6 p.m. When the children hadn’t returned by 6:30, the Meitivs started looking frantically for them. Social workers did not contact them until after 8 p.m., the couple said. Their children were released to them at 10:30 p.m. To take the children home, the Meitivs had to sign a safety plan that prohibits them from leaving their children unattended, they said.

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Consultant: City police problems ‘decades’ in the making

(Asheville Citizen-Times) The California-based Matrix was hired for $47,500 in November to assess problems and recommend changes after an eruption of morale and administrative issues. The report was sent out to department employees with an e-mailed message from City Manager Gary Jackson encouraging police staff to read it. Jackson made a point of praising employees. “It took years, even decades for such an organizational culture to develop in the Asheville Police Department,” the assessment said. “Addressing these perceptions will take time to address. However, with an new interim police chief and a permanent police chief later in the year, the opportunity to address these issues is here.”

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